BASAVESHWAR ENGINEERING COLLEGE - SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURS PARK
Bagalkot district is located in northern part of Karnataka. The district has a strong agricultural base as three rivers pass through the region. The major crops grown are Jowar, Wheat, Turdal, Sugarcane, Cotton. Ground nut and Chillies. Fruits like Grapes, Pomegranate, Lemon, Sapota are also grown in considerable quantities. Recently, Government of Karnataka has identified Bagalkot as "Industrial Growth Centre" for Agro-based products.
The region has a high concentration of handlooms and power looms. The products of these sectors are very popular. But due to the obsolete techniques and changing customer needs, the industry requires more reorientation
The Bagalkot city and surrounding hundreds of villages are coming under submergence due to Upper Krishna Project. The city is being shifted to new planned township and rehabilitation centres are coming up for accomodating villagers. This has led to a large scale construction activities. Shortage of cost effective building materials and skilled labour is felt in this region.
BEC-STEP started its activities in 1998 and based on the local needs the following thrust areas have been identified:
Low Cost building Technology.
Promotion of entrepreneurship amongst science & technology persons.
Centre for Technology transfer.
Development of need based Technology for entrepreneurs.
Data and Knowledge based Information centre.
Setting up of testing and certifying centre.
Protecting the region as industrial growth centre in Food processing.
Estabilishing MOU's with the organisations like CFTRI, Agricultural Universities etc.,
Transfer/Develop processes for value addition for the farmers produce.
Training of manpower in Food processing.
Organisation of Symposium /Seminar/Workshop to motivate entrepreneural activities.
Adoption of new technology in the manufacture of fabrics by powerlooms.
Preparation of fashion articles.
Technology ungradation in spinning mills.
Improvement in dyeing technique.
Development of new blends in fabrics.
Testing for yarn count, yarn strength and fabric strength to maintain the quality.
Low Cost Building Technology :
Use of alternative cost effective materials as substitutes.
Testing of materials produced/fabricated.
Orienting the skilled man power towards usage of cost effective technology with the stress on environment friendly aspects.